Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $35K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $24K, and the higher rates verge on $47K per year. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up the majority of Certified Addiction Counselors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Certified Addiction Counselors is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$25,017 - $46,822
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,800
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$10.91 - $23.78
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,017 - $46,822  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
Total Pay (?
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$24,222 - $47,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.91 - $23.78  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $515  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,222 - $47,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Survey takers who work as Certified Addiction Counselors report a focused set of job skills. Counseling and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $33K. It's worth noting that people with five to 10 years of experience report bringing in less at around $32K on average. Certified Addiction Counselors bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $43K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Group Therapy
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 29%
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